Are career termination concerns only for athletes? : A case study of the career termination of an elite female coach
Mellalieu, Stephen D.
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This paper presents a case study of an elite female coach and her career termination from a 20+ year career following a critical life incident. A novel autobiographical approach was adopted whereby the participant undertook expressive writing to describe her experiences before, during, and following coaching an athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Thematic analysis indicated seven phases related to the participant’s experiences of the critical incident: Build up to the event, the event, the aftermath, recovery and reflection on the event, sampling of new avenues, enlightenment, and career rebirth. The findings reinforce the high demands placed upon elite coaches, the subsequent threats to physical and mental well-being, and the importance of having robust psychological skills and suitable social support to cope with these demands. Implications for preparing and supporting coaches for successful career transition are discussed
Kenttä, G., Mellalieu, S. and Roberts, C.M. (2016) 'Are career termination concerns only for athletes? A case study of the career termination of an elite female coach', The Sport Psychologist, 30(4), pp.314-326
This article was published in Sport Psychologist in December 2016, available at https://doi.org/10.1123/tsp.2015-0134
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
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